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The Big Ride

The Big Ride - Part 1

It was during Princess Anne’s visit to Bedale RDA Group at Catterick, that a plan was made to enable some RDA local riders and supporters to join in the Big Ride RDA UK Fundraising Challenge for RDA’s National Training Centre. So on a sunny Sunday in May two quite different RDA riders set off round Endurance GB’s Brough Park Ride accompanied by RDA Chairman Sam Orde and supporters. Nicole Pink ride organiser put on a ride with quite varied terrain including open fields, twisty paths through woods and quiet lanes.

 Claire Pope became an RDA rider having lost an arm in a traffic accident is also an active RDA coach. Claire brought her own horse to fly round the 15 km course, leading our group of 4 riders, Sam, Anne, Georgina and Claire  at a canter up the first hill.

 Esther Spencer rides with the Bedale RDA Group having suffered a head injury. Esther was delighted to complete 5.5 miles led by RDA coach Sarah Ruddock. With a big smile but very tired legs, Esther said that her horse was star (he was kindly loaned  by Lucie Hawkes).